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I’m looking for the most suitable essential oil to use as an antibacterial agent in the humidifiers and for air purification in the forced air heating system. My child has allergy/ respiratory problems. I hope that treating the air with antibacterial oil fumes would help.
I would really appreciate your suggestion which oil is the most suitable. Thank you, Alex
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Welcome Alex - using essential oils with children and those with immune compromise requires a little extra care and consideration - so combined you need to tread carefully.
I would start with a gentle eo - something recognizable to most children - depending on age of course - so try a citrus oil such as lemon or orange - and perhaps spearmint - all reasonably priced - and see which your child is drawn towards.
Each of these essential oils contain components that have shown to be generally anti-infectious in air - and pleasing to smell - whilst being relatively non-irritating via inhalation.
You could also consider lemon-scented Tea Tree, Eucalyptus citriodora, or Ravensara aromatica - antimicrobial, anti-infectious and potentially antiinflammatory - but with a more medicinal scent although still delightful.
It's important that your child actually like the fragrance - so try a drop of your chosen eo on a tissue first - hold near to sniff - but have your child's eyes closed - and don't actually touch the nose - and see if he/she likes it or at least doesn't actively dislike. Children don't usually have a hedonistic approach to smells until about 7 or 8 and may be strongly swayed by what you say is nice.
It's also important to start with a low dose and that really depends on your method of diffusion. Whatever the recommendations are for your diffuser, please start with a quarter and work your way up slowly to a max of half the standard dose - over a period of 2 weeks. Then give your child a rest - change essential oil(s) - and use for no more than 2 weeks at a time before changing again. Some authorities suggest a full week of rest in between changing eo's.
Hope this helps and do let us know how your child fairs - your experience could be very useful for many other parents in the same situation - and please don't hesitate to ask if you have more questions.